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Ambience Venue Styling Case Study
We caught up with Tina Smith from Ambience Suffolk as she passes her one year Ambience anniversary! Tina joined as an Ambience Stylist for the Suffolk area back in October 2018.
Franchise Information
  • BFA Membership Status-
  • UK Years Established12 years
  • Current UK Coverage40%
  • Franchisee Support Staff3
  • Personal Investment Req.£7,500
  • Total Startup Cost£11,994
  • Home-based business locationYes
  • Business to consumer servicesYes
  • Franchisee operates individuallyYes
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Ambience Suffolk Stylist One Year On!

Time has gone in a flash for Tina Smith since joining Ambience… in October 2018 she celebrates being a part of the team for one year.

Ambience | Tina Smith"The year has flown!  When I started my business, I was busy for the first six months going out to visit venues and introduce myself and talk about what Ambience can offer.  It felt quite daunting at first and some venues were harder to approach than others, but as my confidence grew I found it easier.

Now I understand how important it was to do the ground work, as I am seeing the benefits of building relationships with events coordinators and their venues."

We asked Tina to share her first wedding styling experience…

"The first wedding I styled was a ceremony dressing and I did feel a little anxious the previous day, making sure everything was ready. But when I arrived at the venue I was fine, and I really enjoyed it. It was quite a simple set -up but I wanted everything to look perfect for the bride, the venue and for me. I had a short email from the bride a week later to say she loved the room and to thank me, although only a few lines it meant so much to know that she was happy with my work.

There have been lots of lessons learned over the past year, but one very important one is getting to know other suppliers. It has really helped me, as the networking is crucial and with getting to know them comes recommendation and this is the key.  I have worked alongside several new businesses that understand the challenges you face when starting out. Also, many well established ones who have given me so much advice.

In three years, I hope my reputation as a stylist and a reliable friendly business has brought me lots of work and I am in the position to employ someone to help me grow further."

Tina tells us the dream wedding venue that they would love to work at…

"My dream wedding venue would be one with lots of character and history and that can adapt to different looks. Suffolk has some amazing buildings, some of which I have taken bookings for and now can’t wait to style."

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What Our Franchisees Say

Joining Ambience has allowed my husband and I the change in lifestyle we were searching for. Back in 2008 I was ready for a fresh challenge and my husband, Gareth, was disillusioned with his current employment. Each of us brings something different to the business which has enabled us to compensate for each other’s weaknesses whilst exploiting the other’s strengths.Sandie Edgar - Edinburgh Franchisee


The training and guidance from Head Office on how to build my business right from the beginning has been personal and delivered on a one to one basis which has been fantastic. There are so many benefits to being part of Ambience, it’s very comforting to know that they’re only a phone call away should you need them whilst at the same time having the freedom to go out and achieve incredible things.Ellen Ingleson – Leeds Franchise


I knew joining a franchise would give me the support I needed to start my own business, as Ambience was well established and had many stylists; it gave me the confidence to join. Once I decided to join, I had a long list to work through for setting up my business. It was all the basics that needed to be in place before my area/region went live. I’m so glad it was done before I started!Tina Smith - Suffolk Franchisee


Why Choose Us

Run a local business with a national reputation and keep your phone ringing throughout the year.

Offer your clients an unbeatable selection with the UK's largest wedding styling library, which puts 100s of hire items at your fingertips.

Hit the ground running with a starter pack of brand new hire items. The starter pack has been designed to maximise your earnings and enable you to start trading straight away.

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